No. 1 Baseball And No. 6 Florida State Continue Three-Game Series Saturday
Feb. 9, 2002
NO. 1 STANFORD (3-1, 0-0 PAC-10)AT NO. 6 FLORIDA STATE (6-2, 0-0 ACC)
Friday, February 8, 6 pm, ET - Stanford 9, at Florida State 3
Saturday, February 9, 2 pm, ET - LHP Tim Cunningham (1-0, 1.50) vs. LHP Matt Lynch (2-0, 0.00)
Sunday, February 10, 1 pm, ET - TBA vs. RHP Robby Read (2-0, 1.64)
A live audio broadcast and of all three Stanford-Florida State baseball games will be available on KZSU (90.1 FM) as well as online at gostanford.com and kzsu-live.stanford.edu ... Chad Goldberg will call the action ... Live stats will also be available at gostanford.com.
STANFORD BASEBALL QUICK NOTES
Top-ranked Stanford has opened the season by winning three of its first four games,including yesterday's 9-3 win at Florida State in its first road game of the season ... TheCardinal also won two-of-three games over Cal State Fullerton ... The Cardinal won 7-4on Friday and 17-1 on Saturday before the Titans avoided the sweep with a 6-3 victoryon Sunday ... Stanford is the nation's unanimous No. 1 team in preseason polls byBaseball America, Baseball Weekly/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball and has remained atthe No. 1 spot in the first regular season Collegiate Baseball poll ... Stanford has won fourstraight games over Florida State and five of the last six contests between the clubs,including a three-game sweep at Sunken Diamond last season (6-2, 5-2, 8-2, February9-11, 2001) ... The all-time series is tied 6-6 ... Stanford stole a season-high four bases(including two by Brian Hall) in yesterday's 9-3 win at Florida State, a new season-high... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 36-14 in the first four games ... The team ishitting .349 and has posted a 2.75 ERA, while fielding at a .974 clip ... Scott Dragicevichhas four consecutive two-hit games and leads all regulars with a .471batting average ...Carlos Quentin leads the club with a pair of homers and is tied for the team lead with sevenRBI along with Brian Hall ... Stanford's relief pitching has been extremely effective, givingup just two earned runs (both in the same inning) in 16.1 innings for a 1.10 ERA ... Stanfordhas eight players -- Cooper, Tim Cunningham, Sam Fuld, Garko, Jeremy Guthrie, ChrisO'Riordan, Quentin and J.D. Willcox -- who have earned at least one Preseason All-Americanhonor from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball or the NCBWA ... Stanfordis attempting to qualify for the College World Series for the fourth consecutive season asthe 2002 senior class is looking to become the first class of Stanford Baseball players toreach Omaha in each of its four years ... Stanford has qualified for the CWS championshipgame in each of the last two seasons ... Stanford is coming off three consecutive 50-winseasons for the first time in school history and is compiled a 154-48 (.762) since thebeginning of the 1999 season ... Stanford returns all eight of its position starters from the2001 CWS championship game, as well as two of its top four starting pitchers, its top reliefpitcher and 16 of 20 letterwinners.
STANFORD-FLORIDA STATE BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford and Florida State continued a cross-coast rivalry yesterday when Stanforddefeated Florida State, 9-3, in the opening game of a three-game series in Tallahassee.The all-time series is tied 6-6, but the Cardinal has won four in a row and five of the lastsix games played between the clubs. Last year, the Cardinal swept the Seminoles in athree-game series at Sunken Diamond from February 9-11 (6-2, 5-2, 8-2). Florida Statewon two-of-three games the last time the teams played in Tallahassee from February 11-13, 2000 (11-4, 8-6 Stanford - 10 inn., 13-1). The Stanford victory in the series washighlighted by back-to-back one out homers by Billy Jacobson and Chris O'Riordan in thetop of the 10th inning. The Seminoles also defeated the Cardinal twice in the 1999 CollegeWorld Series. The second meeting was one of the most-remembered games in CWShistory when Florida State outlasted Stanford in 13 innings, 14-11, to advance to the CWSchampionship game.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LAST FOUR STANFORD-FLORIDA STATE GAMES
Stanford 9, at Florida State 3 (February 8, 2002) - Stanford scored seven times in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 9-3 victory over Florida State. Jeremy Guthrie picked up his second consecutive victory, scattering seven hits and three runs (two earned) over thefirst 6.0 innings, while Andy Topham (2-3, 2B, SB, 3 RBI) and Donny Lucy (2-3, SB, 3 RBI)both had a pair of hits and three RBI to lead Stanford's 13-hit attack.
Stanford............ 700 200 000 - 9 13 0 (3-1)
Florida State....... 020 000 100 - 3 9 1 (6-2)
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BATTERIES: STAN - Guthrie, McCally (7) and Garko. FSU - Varnes, Davidson (1), K. Lynch (4), Miller (8) and Richie, McCaleb (7).
at Stanford 6, Florida State 2 (February 9, 2001) - Mark Marquess picked up his 1000 th career victory, all at Stanford, as the Stanford defeated Florida State, 6-2, in Stanford's 2001 home opener and the first game at the newly remodeled Sunken Diamond. Jeremy Guthrie picked up his first win at Stanford, holding Florida State scoreless on one hit over the first 7.0 innings and striking out eight. Jason VanMeetren led the Cardinal offensive attack with a 3-for-4 (2B, 3 RBI, SB) performance.
Florida State....... 000 000 020 - 2 3 2
Stanford............. 004 010 10X - 6 7 0
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BATTERIES: Florida State - Varnes, LaMaacchia (6), Peterson (7), Roman (8) and Richie, McCaleb (7). Stanford - Guthrie, Wodnicki (8), McCally (8) and Garko, Tirpack (7).
at Stanford 5, Florida State 2 (February 10, 2001) - Stanford topped Florida State, 5-2, as its victory assured the Cardinal of winning its ninth straight regular season series dating back to last season. Jeff Bruksch earned his first victory of the season, holding the Seminoles scoreless for the first seven innings before eventually surrendering a pair of runs in the top of the eighth. Bruksch allowed just four hits and struck out nine before John Hudgins came on in relief and recorded the final five outs for his third save of the campaign. Chris O'Riordan (2-4, 2 RBI), Scott Dragicevich (2-4, RBI) and Arik VanZandt (2-5) led the Cardinal offense.
Florida State....... 000 000 020 - 2 4 2
Stanford............. 000 050 00X - 5 10 1
WP-Bruksch(1-0) Save-Hudgins(3) LP-Lynch(0-1) T-2:50 A-1736
BATTERIES: Florida State - Lynch, Ginn (5), Roman (5) and Richie. Stanford - Bruksch, Hudgins (8) and Garko, Tirpack (9).
at Stanford 8, Florida State 2 (February 11, 2001) - Stanford completed a three-game sweep of Florida State and extended its winning streak to five games with an 8-2 victory over the Seminoles. Chris O'Riordan tied a career-high with four hits, going 4-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI. Scott Dragicevich (3-4) and VanMeetren (2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) supportedO'Riordan offensively, while Jason Cooper also had a home run. Tim Cunningham earned histhird straight win, limiting the Seminoles to four hits and one earned run over the first 6.2 innings.
Florida State....... 100 000 100 - 2 4 4
Stanford............. 131 100 20X - 8 11 0
WP-Cunningham(3-0) LP-Read(1-1) T-2:38 A-1817